BOISE — Campaign staff for Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced she will attend the 2014 Idaho Annual Superintendents conference meeting on Thursday in Boise. The announcement comes a few days after a piece appeared in Idaho Education News saying Ybarra was “too busy” to attend the first part of the conference, and she was having coffee with a Republican legislator in the same neighborhood.

Ybarra says Idaho educators will discuss tiered licensure, the star rating system, task force updates, Smarter Balanced testing, and professional development on the Idaho Core Standards, and she plans to attend to speak one-on-one with superintendents and other educators in attendance.

“Earlier this week, an Idaho Education News story was critical of me for not attending a three-day conference for education vendors and administrators,” said Ybarra. “I had already committed to attending the state superintendent’s conference meeting this Thursday, which is in line with the current duties of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and with my current job responsibilities. The IASA tutorial conference also coincided with the first week back to school, and I unfortunately couldn’t attend both events.

“I apologize to administrators who I did not meet with but look forward to aggressively working with all stakeholders about new approaches versus old approaches that will most benefit our children.”

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